Our Team

Cliff Colqhoun – CEO

Cliff is a founding member of CBEC. Since day one Cliff’s energy and enthusiasm has been a driving force behindp CBEC’s success.

Terry Jones – General Manager

Terry oversees the swimming pools, Eco Solutions, Labour Hire, the Garden Center, North Hire Marquees, Loop de Loop cycle hire, Far North link buses and Grow Northland.

Toni McMahon – Finance

As company financial officer Toni is responsible for managing the finances of CBEC, which includes strategic planning, budgets and performance monitoring of the CBEC family of businesses.

Ceres Sharp – Manager Eco Solutions

Ceres manages the Eco Solutions team and looks after Loop de Loop bicycle hire in Whangarei. With a background in Horticulture and Sociology Ceres has spent many years bringing sustainable community programmes to rural Northland communities. With a focus on reducing waste the Community Compost Connection, Eco Star, and Waste Wise programmes are some of the community based programmes Eco Solutions is currently running, encouraging Northlanders to Reduce, Re Use and Recycle organic and inorganic waste.

Paul Hansen – Manager Healthy Homes

Paul is Operations Manager for Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau. His role includes marketing and implementation of Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau’s range of energy efficiency products and services.

Lisa Lilly – Manager Garden Centre

Lisa is responsible for the overall performance of The Garden Centre, customer service, marketing & promotions, retail lines and plant stock including native trees for re-vegetation projects.

CBEC Board of Directors

Mary Jane Ardley - Chairperson

Abraham Witana - Director

Bronwyn Hunt - Director

Carolyn Smith - Director

Georgina McGarry - Treasurer

Patrick Mason - Director

Kathy Cowan - Director

Yvonne Steinemann - Director

Theresa Burkardt - Director

Our Story

Based in Kaitaia in the Far North of New Zealand, CBEC was formed in 1989 in response to the impacts of New Zealand’s mid 1980s economic reforms. The founding team wanted to create environmentally sustainable businesses and practises that provided training and employment for local people with the profits going back into the community.

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